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Wednesday, 28 November 2029

Last Minute Changes / News

Back to groups of 6. We have to avoid mixing indoors and in Kent (Tier 3).

Christmas Party - 17th Dec at 8pm - see below

Bloggers: If you need to change the date/time of a "future dated post": 1) revert to draft, 2) change the date, 3) publish it again

Friday, 8 August 2025

Annual Events

Jan

Canary Wharf Light Festival

Feb

Snowdrops: SWC 353 - Knebworth Circular

Mar

Wood anemones: Book 1, Walk 15 - Leigh to Tunbridge Wells

Apr

 Azaleas: 1-18: Sunningdale to Windsor - in Saville Gardens (Windsor): also Isabella Plantation (Richmond Park)

May

Bluebells : Late April-early May: 2 - 5ab: Tring to Berkhamsted via Dockey Wood and Flat Isley;  1 - 9: Shiplake to Henley via High Wood and Greys Court;  2 - 13e: Guildford to Boxhill; 1- 47: Ockley to Warnham.......and many more (see our Nature Blog)

Early May: for late bluebells plus rhododendrons and azaleas: 1-42: Holmwood to Gomshall via Leith Hill Rhododendron Wood

Ashwell at Home - for open gardens - Baldock Circular (SWC 91) - usually about the 2nd Sunday in May (on May 10th in 2020

Cow Parsley:  SWC 91- Baldock Circular ;  1-8: Bures to Sudbury 

Jun

Apple Blossom: 1-28: Chilham to Canterbury;  SWC 299 - Teynham to Faversham;  1-36: Borough Green to Sevenoaks

Buttercups: 1-8: Bures to Sudbury;  SWC 190 - Thame Circular

Oxeye daisies: 1-10: Beaconsfield Circular 

Leigh on Sea folk festival ~ late Jun

Poppies: 2-22: Amberley to Arundel

Jul

Sandwich folk festival ~ 4 & 5 July

Lavender: Late July - Short 23 - Banstead to Woodmansterne; 1-36: Borough Green to Sevenoaks ; also in Letchworth Garden City

Aug

Pride Parade in Brighton: ~ 1st Sat in Aug

Heather: 1-27: Milford to Haslemere

Sep Heather - and berries, fruits and nuts.
Start of fungi (mushrooms) in woods

Oct

Deer Rut - Bushy Park, Richmond Park

Sussex Bonfires - Oct and Nov.

Late October - early November: autumn leaf colour: SWC 140 - Wendover Circular via the Lee and Swan Bottom;  1-45: Princes Risborough to Great Missenden; 1-47: Ockley to Warnham

Nov

Brokham Bonfire, Lewes Bonfire, many "smaller" ones in Sussex

Dec  Christmas Fair: 1-7: Garston to St Albans 
Note:

For a more comprehensive list of SWC walks with flowers, particularly our bluebell walks, please see the Nature Pages / Where to Find Wild Flowers

Saturday, 22 May 2021

Scotland: Roybridge

Due to current advice from the Government and BMC to stay home (and off mountains), the trip to Roybridge planned for 16 May to 23 May 2020 has been postponed to 22-29 May 2021. The trip will go ahead as originally planned at that time.
For more information on the area, see Roybridge information. For more information about the trip and to check availability, please contact goepfertkarenATyahooDOTcom.

Saturday, 19 December 2020

Saturday Walk Guildford Circular with Hog's Back start - a steep climb, then down to Watts Gallery and Watts Chapel, lunch in Compton, Losely Park and the River Wey

Book 2, Walk 12ab) - Guildford Circular with Hog's Back start

Length: 13.6 km (8.5 miles)
Toughness: 7 out of 10    (a steep ascent at the start, thereafter toughness 2 out of 10)

London Waterloo: 10-00 hrs    Southwest trains service to Portsmouth Harbour    Does NOT stop at CJ 
Arrive Guildford: 10-32 hrs

Clapham Junctioners
Clapham Junction: 09-57 hrs     Salisbury service
Arrive Woking: 10-15 hrs      Change trains
Leave Woking: 10-25 hrs - on Portsmouth Harbour service, as above
Arrive Guildford: 10-32 hrs

Return: fast service at 19, 35 and 40 mins past the hour

Please read our Covid rules before coming on today's walk and observe the rules all day

Today's walk starts with a good pipe cleaner to remove the cobwebs: the climb up the road onto the Hog's Back is steep, but fortunately not too long. Once on top you have lovely views of Guildford Cathedral and the town from a high vantage point. You then drop down onto sandy bridleways and head for Watts Gallery and Watts Chapel. If the cafeteria in the former has reopened it makes for a pleasant early lunch stop. Otherwise, you continue through a farm then woods to the village of Compton for lunch at the Withies Inn - usually excellent. If picnickers can hold off their hunger pangs for a short while longer, the recommended stop for their repast is Losely Park.
Through said Park then down to the river for a relaxing, easy leg beside the River Wey, all the way (pun intended) to Guildford.  Please see the directions for suggested tea stops.
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Thursday, 17 December 2020

Christmas Zoom Party - December 17 at 8pm

What difference a year makes! Who would have thought that 'Keep Calm and Carry On', a war time slogan from 1939,  would resonate so well in today's world. We carried on, in a bubble of six, on walks and on trips, when permitted.

Today, we celebrate another year of success of this wonderful club. We pay our gratitude and say thanks to our webmaster, walk posters and trip organisers for their incredible hard work. 

We will meet virtually this year via Zoom.  There will be a quiz, so brush up your knowledge of books 1 and 2 and show us your true talent.  To participate in the quiz, please see 'Instructions for Quiz' below. 

We also had a suggestion of a photo competition.  Please send up to three photos taken this year on our walks to Robin S who has kindly volunteered to organise this event.  His email robinATsegulemDOTcom.  You need to specify on which walk the photo was taken.

The first part of the Zoom party will be structured and moderated.  This will be followed by socialising in smaller groups via breakout rooms.  You will need to update your Zoom software.  Instructions for breakout rooms are also given below. 

For security reasons, we will not be posting the Zoom link on the website.  Instead, we will rely on an email system where the link will be first sent out by a few people who have organised events in the past and have a large percentage of email addresses of the club regulars.  Once you receive the link, you should forward the link to other club members who you know.  There is a high chance you may receive duplicate emails with the Zoom link.   But the small inconvenience of deleting duplicate emails is more than compensated for by being a popular person among your fellow walkers!  Clearly, this system will inevitably miss a small number of people.  For those people, please email swcsocialATgmailDOTcom.  A volunteer  will vet the person and send the link.  Please do not request the link until Dec 14 at the earliest as most people would have received a link to the party by then.

Merry Christmas Everyone!  Let us hope we can go back to a normal Xmas party in 2021. 

Instructions for Quiz 

For the quiz, you will need to have two screens when the moderator asks you to.  The easiest way to do this is to use your phone as the second screen.  Alternatively, have two screens open simultaneously in the desktop. The quiz questions will be presented on Zoom and you enter your answers using the second screen.  There will be some dummy questions at the start, so you can get the hang of it before the real competition begins. 

On your second screen

(1) Enter the web address www.kahoot.it  
(2) Enter the game pin (this will be given by the moderator and displayed on the Zoom screen)
(3) Enter your name in Kahoot
(4) When a question is shown on Zoom, enter your answer in Kahoot     

Instructions for Breakout Rooms 

Once you have enabled this function in Zoom, you should be able to move freely between breakout rooms and between the main room and any of the breakout rooms.  

(1) Update your Zoom to the latest version, ver 5.4.3 or later. Click here if you need help.
(2) In the Zoom meeting screen, there should be a 'breakout rooms' icon at the bottom of the screen. 
(3) Click 'breakout rooms', you should see several breakout rooms, named breakout room 1, 2, 3 etc. 
(4) Select the breakout room  you wish to join (say room 1), click 'Join' button, you have now entered the breakout room 1 and can socialise with people in that room
(5) If you wish to leave the breakout room 1, click 'Leave' button to go back to the main room
(6) If you wish to go to another breakout room without going back to the main room,  click the 'breakout rooms'  icon, select another room (say breakout room 2) and click 'Join'.  You will now be in breakout room 2.      



Wednesday, 16 December 2020

Wednesday Walk Garston to St Albans - River Ver, Moor Mill, Verulamium and St Albans Abbey

Book 1, Walk 7 - Garston to St Albans

Length: 14 km (8.7 miles)
Toughness: 1 out of 10  (more when muddy)


London Euston: 10-24 hrs     West Midlands service to Northampton
Arrive Watford Junction: 10-39 hrs   Change trains
Leave Watford Junction: 11-09 hrs   St Alban's Abbey service
Arrive Garston: 11-14 hrs

Return: St Alban's Abbey to Euston, via Watford Junction:  16-07, 16-54, 17-45 and 18-32 hrs
             St Alban's City to St Pancras - and beyond to Brighton: upwards 10 trains an hour

Rail ticket: buy a day return to St Alban's Abbey. Note: if you opt to return via the City station you will need to purchase separate singles for each leg of your journey today.

Please read our Covid rules before coming on today's walk and observe the rules all day

For a number of year's now I have posted this walk just before Christmas for mid-week walkers as a pre-Christmas treat - and it has yet to disappoint. Granted, this year the Christmas Fair in the Abbey's precincts might be scaled back due to Covid - if indeed it is staged - and this year we might not enjoy a carol service in the Abbey at walk-end - but let's think positive - and just enjoy this wee didler of a walk. 
Just after the start the leg through Bricket Wood Common can be horribly muddy - but when through it the going gets easier. Lunch in recent years has been taken in the Beefeater pub-restaurant, the Moor Mill, conveniently tucked under the M25 Motorway !  Feeding the ducks from the twenty-pence-a-shot dispensers after lunch has become a bit of a ritual.
Onwards then through woodland and lakes and beside the River Ver to the village of Park Street. Then we continue over sometimes soggy water meadows and along field edges before we embark on our final leg back beside the River Ver all the way to St Albans. Tea can be taken in the St Alban's Abbey excellent cafeteria or in one of the many establishments in the town. Walking back downhill from the Abbey towards Verulamium Park, on your way to the Abbey railway station, you pass Ye Olde Fighting Cocks pub, a must for lovers of real ale, although "out of bounds" to drinkers unless they purchase a substantial meal with their pint. Never mind - hopefully there will be another time when the virus is behind us.
Enjoy !  I always do.
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Walk Directions are here: L=1.7

Saturday, 12 December 2020

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(Created this post ahead of time just to remind myself how the website mechanics work, and since it is now there, I might as well leave it up...)

Wednesday, 9 December 2020

Wednesday Walk Wanborough to Godalming - Watts Gallery and Watts Chapel, Compton, and the River Wey

Book 1, Walk 2 - Wanborough to Godalming or Guildford 

Length: 12.9 km (8 miles) to Godalming or go long to Guildford - an extra 4 miles
Toughness: 3 out of 10

London Waterloo:  09-45 hrs     Southwest trains service to Portsmouth Harbour  Clapham Junction 09-52 hrs
Arrive Guildford: 10-24 hrs   Change trains
Leave Guildford: 10-53 hrs   Southwest trains service from Guildford to Farnham
Arrive Wanborough: 10-59 hrs

Return
Godalming to Waterloo: 16-09, 16-25, 16-41, 16-51, 17-11, 17-25, 17-41, 17-51, 18-25 etc
Guildford to Waterloo:  4 fast trains an hour 

Rail ticket: buy a day return to Wanborough plus a single from Godalming to Guildford (for those ending in Godalming)

Please read our Covid rules before coming on today's walk and observe the rules all day

This makes for a nice short(ish) winter's walk to ease ourselves back into SWC walking, without encountering any demanding hills. Those that like a longer walk can opt to continue along the River Wey from Godalming to Guildford - and safe to do in failing light. But the rest of us will be happy with the standard walk today, which offers sights as well as variety. In the morning we arrive at Watts Gallery - its cafe might have reopened - if so, its very good. Otherwise, we continue - after a brief detour to Watts Chapel - to Compton and its pub, the Withies Inn, for those who wish to dine alone or in secure bubbles within Covid rules. It's a very nice pub with comfy dining areas. I leave it to you to book or show up on spec.
Post prandial we head through farmland and more woods before we drop down to the River Wey for a final, relaxing leg beside the river into Godalming. For tea shops etc please refer to the Directions.
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Sunday, 6 December 2020

Sunday Walk - The Return of the Rule of Six - Thames Valley and Berkshire Downs: Cholsey to Goring

Please note that on 'my' walks, punters are expected to give me their contact details for track-and-trace purposes at the start, and that walkers are expected to immediately split into groups of six or fewer and to stay in those sub-groups all day. If you find that beyond your abilities, please do not come on this walk!  

Length: 24.1 km (15.0 mi)
Ascent/Descent: 250/248m; Net Walking Time: 5 ¼ hours
Toughness: 5/10 
 
Take the 09.42 Hereford train from Paddington (change Reading: 10.10/10.26), arrives Cholsey 10.42. The train boarded at Reading is the 09.28 Stopping Service from Paddington (Ealing B’way 09.37).
Return trains from Goring & Streatley are on xx.00 (journey time 57 mins) and at 16.37 (change at Didcot). Buy a Cholsey return. 
 
“This walk offers a fine combination of gentle Oxfordshire countryside, wide grassy horse training gallops, a stretch of the Ridgeway with splendid views from the Berkshire Downs, and a final saunter along the banks of the Thames. Although the walk is fairly long, it has nothing too steep or demanding.

The main walk is best undertaken from mid spring to early autumn. With a fairly late start to accommodate the early lunch stop at The Red Lion Blewbury. The suggested tea stop is the Beetle and Wedge riverside restaurant at Moulsford, a place with ‘Wind in the Willows’ and ‘Three Men in a Boat’ associations. There are also plenty of hostelries in Streatley and Goring at the end of the walk.

Before starting the walk, devotees of Agatha Christie’s detective stories might want to make a short detour to visit the novelist’s grave in the churchyard of St Mary’s, Cholsey. To do this, follow the walk directions for the first 180 metres till you reach the railway bridge, but instead of turning left under the railway, turn right and follow the path for 700 metres as it climbs up to the church. Afterwards, retrace your steps and pass under the railway to re-join the directions.”

Lunch: The Red Lion in  Blewbury (6.6 km/4.1 mi), or – a little further along and to the left off the route along London Road – The Blueberry. 
Tea: The Beetle & Wedge Boathouse  en route plus lots of choice in Streatley and Goring-on-Thames (see the pdf for details).

For summary, map, height profile, some photos, walk directions and gpx/kml files click here. T=swc.49

Saturday, 5 December 2020

Saturday walk - Liphook to Haslemere - Shulbrede Priory & its woods

This walk was proposed by Branchline, who provided all the details below, so thanks, Branchline.

Length: 15km (9.3 miles)

Take the 9.30 from Waterloo station (CLJ 9.39; Wok 9.59). Arrives Liphook 10.40 

Buy a day return to Liphook 

** Covid rules will be respected on this walk, ie splitting into groups of six and sharing contact details within them **

For walk directions click here, for a GPX file click here, for a map of the route click here

This walk has plenty of relatively mild uphill and downhill sections. It is almost entirely through full-grown mixed woods - mainly oak, beech and chestnut trees. After passing Shulbrede Priory in the middle of the woods, you come to the pub and church by the village green in Fernhurst. In the afternoon, you cross streams in the forest before passing through Valewood Park and up into Haslemere, a town surrounded by beautiful countryside. 

The bridleways immediately after lunch are usually muddy at all times of the year, and very muddy in winter, so decent walking boots are recommended. T=1.6 (I am not sure it is only after lunch that this walk is muddy: don't wear your party shoes - Ed)

You could shorten the walk by using the hourly Monday to Saturday bus service from Fernhurst, the halfway mark lunchtime village, back to Haslemere; the bus goes from the top of Hogs Hill Road in Fernhurst, along the A286. 

Shulbrede Priory is the remains of a priory for Augustinian regular canons dating from about 1200 The prior's chamber, above a vaulted undercroft, contains sixteenth-century wall paintings. The priory is open to visitors by appointment (tel 01428 653 049) (admission is about £2.50). 

The lunchtime pub is the Red Lion (tel 01428 643 112), by the village green at Fernhurst, offering quality home cooking. It serves food until 2.30pm daily. Space inside is limited but there is a good sized back garden with lots of tables under parasols. Booking recommended and please follow the COVID rules, which are 1) No eating inside with anyone not in your household or support bubble 2) No consumption of alcohol without a meal, though takeaways are permitted (or are they...?)

Just down the road from the pub is Fernhurst recreation ground and cricket club, a perfect spot for picnickers. 

Tea: Darnleys was closed when I last looked (stripped out, so it was either being refurbished or had closed for good), but Hemingways (tel 01428 656904) across the road has been the reliable walker's friend throughout the Covid crisis, so do support this lovely friendly business. It serves teas and meals until 5pm on Saturday. Its cakes are delicious, and it does do takeaways. Same rules apply about eating inside as for pubs see above.

The pubs in Haslemere - eg the Swan Inn (a Wetherspoons), or the White Horse Hotel  - are also governed by the rules above. Whether a tea with a pudding counts as a "substantial meal", I do not know, but it arguably takes longer to eat than a scotch egg...

The station is a ten minute walk from the town centre.

Return trains from Haslemere 15 and 32 past the hour. There are engineering works today on lines out of Waterloo, and journey times are 20 minutes or so longer than usual - ie 1hr 26 mins for the 15 past and 1hr 18 mins for the 32 past. There is also a 40 past requiring a change at Woking, which takes 1hr 45 minutes: only really recommended if you want somewhere warm and dry to read the paper.

Saturday Walk Sunningdale to Windsor - Virginia Water, Windsor Great Park, The Long Walk, and Windsor Castle

Book 1, Walk 18 - Sunningdale to Windsor

Length: 17 km (10.6 miles)
Toughness: 2 out of 10 (3 if muddy)


London Waterloo: 09-50 hrs    Southwest trains to Reading      Clapham Junction 09-58 hrs
Arrive Sunningdale: 10-38 hrs

Return

Windsor and Eton Riverside to Waterloo:  21 and 51 mins past the hour
Windsor and Eton Central to Paddington, changing at Slough: 05, 25 and 45 mins past the hour

Rail ticket:  buy a day return to Windsor and Eton Riverside  plus a single from Staines to Sunningdale.
If proposing to return from Windsor Central, it is probably best to buy separate singles

Please read our Covid rules before coming on today's walk and observe the rules all day

We had to abandon our attempt to do this walk a month ago due to Lockdown 2. Let's hope all is well for us to give it a go this Saturday.

This should make for a pleasant early winter's walk mostly on the level, without any demanding hills. There might be some muddy bits in places but hopefully not too much today. There might be some winter flowers in Valley Gardens and Savill Gardens during the morning leg of the walk, before we head via the Totem Poll for lunch at the usually good cafeteria in Savill Gardens - I'm assuming it will have reopened: if not, its takeaway service in its Potting Shed and its takeaway truck both serve hot and cold dishes. Picnickers should find a pleasant spot beside the lake nearby in the Gardens for your luncheon.
After lunch we head for Windsor Great Park for a very long, straight walk along .........The Long Walk, with Windsor Castle directly ahead of us, and seemingly never getting any closer !   But you will eventually get there if you plod on and persevere. 
Churches will have reopened for public services come Saturday and I presume Evensong will be celebrated in St George's Chapel, Windsor at 5-15 pm once again - but do check their website for yourselves if you would like this lovely ending to your walk. Otherwise, the usual fleshpots in Windsor await your custom for tea or something stronger before you return home from one of the two railway stations in town. 

It's good to be back !  And looking forward to seeing you on Saturday.
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Saturday Walk - The Return of the Rule of Six: Sundon Hills, Sharpenhoe Clappers and Hillfort - Harlington to Flitwick or Circular (Bedfordshire Chilterns)

Please note that on 'my' walks, punters are expected to give me their contact details for track-and-trace purposes at the start, and that walkers are expected to immediately split into groups of six or fewer and to stay in those sub-groups all day. If you find that beyond your abilities, please do not come on this walk!

Length: 24.5 km (15.2 mi), Ascent/Descent: 254/272m [shortcuts possible, see route map and pdf] 
or 17.3 km/10.7 mi with 267m ascent to Harlington. The routes split just after lunch in Pulloxhill.
Net Walking Time: ca. 5 ½ hours, Toughness: 5 out of 10; or ca. 4 hours and 3/10.
 
Take the Thameslink service from Brighton to Bedford (selected stops: East Croydon 08.51, London Bridge 09.05, Blackfriars 09.12, Farringdon 09.16, St. Pancras 09.21, West Hampstead 09.29), arrive Harlington 10.05. Return trains: xx.00, xx.16, xx.30 and xx.46 (from Harlington: 4 mins later). 
Buy a Flitwick return  (same price as a Harlington return).  
 
The central attraction of this North Chiltern walk in Central Bedfordshire are the Sundon Hills, steep rolling downlands affording fantastic views over the surrounding plain, out north to the Greensand Ridge, and east to the classic steep chalk escarpment of Sharpenhoe Clappers, which is passed through as well. At Sharpenhoe one of the largest Neolithic hill fort sites in the South East is walked through, with good views east to Barton Hills, followed by a steep descent into the plain below. Further fine views of Pegsdon Hills further east along the Chilterns follow from the route through rolling grassy fields to the quiet hill top lunch destination of Pulloxhill. The afternoon route is less energetic, but not without interest, and leads through the gently rolling plain to the finish through ancient Flitwick Wood  into the centre of Flitwick. 
 
Lunch: The Cross Keys (01525 712 442) in Pulloxhill (12.2 km/7.6 mi) for the main walk and the circular walk, or The Chequers (01525 712 967, food to 15.00) or The Bell (01525 712 967), both in Westoning and for the main walk only (16.5 km/10.2 mi w/o Shortcut I, 13.4 km with it).

Tea: plenty of options en route to and in Flitwick and two in Harlington; check page 2 of the pdf for details.

For  walk directions, map, photos, height profile and gpx/kml files click here. T=swc.230

Thursday, 3 December 2020

Evening Walk - The Return of the Rule of Six : Angel to Limehouse (w/o Victoria Park)

Please note that on 'my' walks, punters are expected to give me their contact details for track-and-trace purposes at the start, and that walkers are expected to immediately split into groups of six or fewer and to stay in those sub-groups for the rest of the walk. If you find that beyond your abilities, please do not come on this walk!

Length: 7.7 km/4.8 mi; Height Gain: negligible

Meet 18.30 hours prompt outside  Angel Station (Northern Line - Bank Branch, Zone 1), travel time from Bank 5 minutes, from King’s Cross 2 minutes. 
Finish: Limehouse DLR and Mainline (Zone 2).

Walk Options: bail out at Mile End (Central Line), after 6.0 km.

“A canal-side walk through North and East London. This is a simple walk, (keep the canal on the right).”

Victoria Park is shut after dusk, so the route is ‘canal-only’ and much shorter than normal.


Refreshments: The Narrow and The Grapes, both in Narrow Street.

For a detailed route map, gpx/kml file, some photos and pdf directions click here. T=short.29.a


Wednesday, 2 December 2020

Evening walk - Ruislip Woods and Lido

Distance: 6km
Meet 18:45 prompt at the entrance hall of Ruislip Manor underground station.
H13 return bus from Ruislip Lido to Ruislip station xx:00 xx:30. T=short.8

Colliers Wood to Putney


Easy, about 5 miles 
Meet outside Colliers Wood tube @11am 
Drivers: park near Dean City Farm, there is a bus back to nearby Tooting Walk along the Wandle Trail to the Thames, then follow it to Putney Bridge 
Lunch or a coffee at the Rocket (Wethies). You MUST sit (or stand) outside. Alcohol can only be served with food (bring a hip flask to fortify that coffee)
Cross the bridge with churches at either end to Bishops Park
Finish there, or optionally, continue along the Thames to Hammersmith, Richmond, Kingston or Oxford
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Sunday, 8 November 2020

[cancelled] Sunday Walk - Moved forward to Tuesday due to nationwide lockdown (Over the South Downs to the Sea: Lewes to Seaford or Bishopstone via West Firle)

Length: 23.7 km/14.7 mi [shorter options available, see below]
Ascent/Descent: 544/545m
Net Walking Time: ca. 5 ¾ hours 
Toughness: 8 out of 10 
 
Take the 09.45  Ore train from Victoria (Clapham 09.52, EC 10.02), arrives Lewes at 11.03. 
From Thameslink stations take the Brighton train calling LBG at 09.37 and change at Gatwick Airport (10.16/10.28). 
Return trains  are on xx.31 and xx.59. Buy a Seaford (Sussex) return.
 
From Lewes, the route takes a variation of the familiar south easterly route out of Lewes: cross the River Ouse in the town centre and climb a lane to a golf club car-park. You then follow a circular ridge route, with glorious views throughout followed by a long descent into Glynde. From Glynde station, go through the village to cross over the A24 and pass Preston Court Farm. You go through the entrance to Firle Park, cross a field and enter the village of West Firle for lunch and drinks at the Ram Inn.
Continue through West Firle to start a long climb up to a spot near Firle Beacon. Head westerly to the transmission masts on Beddingham Hill and descend with glorious views to the seafront promenade in Bishopstone and on along the coast to Seaford. 
 
You have four options for shortening the walk:
Lewes to Seaford omitting West Firle 18.6 km (11.6 m);
Glynde to Seaford via West Firle 16.8km (10.5m);
Glynde to Seaford omitting West Firle 12.5km (7.8m);
finish at Bishopstone station (cuts 2.0 km). 
 
Lunch: The Ram Inn  in West Firle  (9.0 km/5.6 mi, food to 15.00, bar menu all day). 
Tea: Plenty of choice in Seaford, the walk author recommends Salts CafĂ©. 
 
For  walk directions, maps, height profiles, photos and gpx/kml files click here. T=swc.181